Alabama football announces addition of Joe Cox as tight ends coach

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Joe Cox has officially joined Alabama football's coaching staff as tight ends coach, per a UA release Monday. 

Cox most recently coached the same position at Charlotte. 

"We are excited to add Joe Cox to our staff to coach tight ends,” Nick Saban said in a statement. “Joe is an outstanding young coach who possesses extensive experience coaching tight ends. He has tremendous enthusiasm for teaching the game of football and is a great recruiter who works tirelessly at his craft.”

He is set to replace Drew Svoboda, who joined the staff to coach Alabama's tight ends and special teams ahead of the 2021 season. Svoboda is still listed in Alabama's staff directory but without a title as of Monday. 

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In addition to hiring Cox to serve as tight ends coach, Nick Saban added Coleman Hutzler to coordinate special teams in addition to coaching outside linebackers, the program announced in early February. Alabama has also hired offensive line coach Eric Wolford and cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson. 

Cox is a former Georgia quarterback who started for the Bulldogs in 2009. He coached receivers for South Carolina in 2020 after five years at Colorado State. He worked with receivers in 2019 but tight ends from 2016 through 2018. 

“I’m beyond excited to join a program with this type of tradition and commitment to excellence,” Cox said in a statement. “It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to work for and learn from Coach Saban. I can’t wait to get to work with this staff and the young men on this football team.”

Cameron Latu will be his top pupil as the starting tight end returns for his redshirt senior season. 

Cox has also spent time in the high school ranks as a coach. He was a quarterbacks coach then offensive coordinator for Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte in 2013 and 2014 and the school won back-to-back state championships. 

When Cox was in high school, he was North Carolina's Gatorade an AP Player of the Year in 2004. 

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